Happy Halloween 2015. . .

Like a black widow in the walls of your home, black mold lingers around water damaged areas like this water heater closet.

In this Thousand Oaks home, mold continues to grow more as the moisture invades the drywall, inviting critters, spiders, and other unwanted guests. Insects, as well as black mold spores enjoy moisture in their environment.

Don’t be spooked this Halloween by unwanted tricks, know if you have black mold in your home.

Treat yourself and learn more about your indoor environment today.


Black mold growth is common if water damage is not addressed correctly.  The conditions for black mold growth are ideal when water is left to linger within the building materials and black mold spores activate.




What Does Toxic Black Mold Look Like

Toxic black mold is a greenish-black gelatinous mold. It is usually slimy because of a wet layer on the top. However if a toxic black mold colony’s water source runs out it can appear dry and powdery.

There are several molds that look similar to toxic black mold. If you find what you think might be Stachybotrys the only way you can tell for sure is to have a mold expert look at a sample under a microscope.


Toxic Black Mold Symptoms

The mycotoxins of toxic black mold cause people to suffer toxic symptoms. The general types of symptoms caused by toxic black mold include:

  • Respiratory problems
  • Skin inflammation
  • Irritation of the mucous membranes
  • Tiredness
  • Nausea
  • Immune system suppression